Tamarind Village was the first boutique hotel to open in Chiang Mai and over the years has garnered a bewildering number of awards for its exquisite architecture and its faithful representation of regional heritage while providing a modern and luxurious hotel experience in the heart of the old city.
Ruen Tamarind is the hotel’s restaurant which features an ‘Authentic Thai’ menu of local Lanna cuisine. Fresh produce, authentic tastes, creative reimagining and presentations and served up in the beautiful wooden restaurant overlooking the resort’s plush pool.
Start off with the yum sanut, a healthy and authentic Northern Thai spicy boiled mixed vegetables salad which bursts with flavours.
The kua kae gai is also another favourite. This is a classic northern dish of stir-fried mixed local vegetables with shredded chicken, long believed to be good for the health due to its use of herbs and fresh vegetables.
The nor mai ua is a dish which is hard to come by these days but ubiquitous only a generation ago. Deep-fried bamboo shoots are stuffed with minced pork, chilli and lemongrass, making for a savoury bite balanced by the sweet dipping sauce.
Then there is the classic Chiang Mai khao soy gai, which is satin-smooth egg noodles served in a rich curry broth with chicken. Another dish which should be sampled is pad chiang-da, a rather rare dish of stir-fried gurnard leaves with eggs,
A great place to go to sample local flavours using only the highest quality ingredients in an elegant setting with excellent service and a good wine list to wash it all down.